Visitor Information
Visitor Information: Whinlatter
  • Opening Hours
  • How to find us
  • Parking and Prices
  • Facilities and access
  • Contact Details

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Forest open 7 days a week. Summer opening times for facilities as below

Please see our Christmas opening hours here.


Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00


Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10.00-16.00
How to find us

How to find us

How to find us
Forestry Commission visitor centre, Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles

By Public Transport

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref

54.609369, -3.230322

Parking and Prices

Parking and Prices

The main car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.
The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre.

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply.  

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease

Parking Charges

Up to 1 hour £2.00
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
All day £8.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass - Find out more about the discovery pass
Number of disabled parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system
Facilities and access

Facilities and access

Hire a mobility scooter

Find out more information about hiring the Tramper /all-terrain mobility scooter at Whinlatter Forest in partnership with Lake District Mobility.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cycle hire
Disabled toilet
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre
Access from Braithwaite will be closed from 10th September for 12 weeks due to roadworks to repair storm damage. Please follow diversions signs.
Additional roadworks in Cockermouth are extending the diversion so an alternative route is to follow signs for Lorton from the A66 which then re-joins the diversion. Be aware this is a minor road so please take extra care if using this route.

Explore Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. This landscape has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

At a glance

  • 9 walking trails
  • 3 cycling trails
  • Play areas
  • Go Ape! 
  • Café
  • Bike hire
  • Picnic and BBQ areas
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